Ski touring Summits around Lake Van

Tour Code : WIN 06

Highlights
–    Mount Suphan 4.058m & Mount Artos 3.537m
–    Mt. Mevzi 3.280m; Mt. Baset 3.650m; Mt. Cat 3.125m
–    Van; pearl of the east & the citadel Kingdom of Urartu  
–    Akdamar Island & the holy cross church
WIN 06 - PRIN

Best Season   
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec

 

Duration of the Trip
10 Days / 9 Nights

 

Difficulty Level
= D/E (Challenging/Demanding)
Summits around lake Van with tour ski (5 routes on 5 days)

 

Accommodation
Hotel    :    9 Nights

Day 1 : Istanbul

Meet at the Istanbul Ataturk Int. Airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to the Hotel, located in the historical centre of Istanbul, known as Sultanahmet.
Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 18 km; (Istanbul Ataturk Int. Airport – Hotel)
ON: in Istanbul at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / – 

Day 2 : Fly to Van; sightseeing Van castle (citadel)

In the morning we drive to the Istanbul Ataturk Int. airport and fly to Van where we take time to visit Van Castle (Citadel). Van Castle (Citadel); was constructed by Urartian king Sardur. It is a massive stone fortification built during the 9th to 7th centuries BC and is the largest example of its kind. It overlooks the ruins of Tushpa, the ancient Urartian capital during the 9th C., which was centred upon the steep sided bluff where the fortress now sits. One of the most remarkable structures around is the rock tomb of Argisti the first, outside which is a long inscription relating the events of his reign. We spend the Night in Van at the Hotel.
ON: in Van at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Mt. Cat 3.125m

After breakfast we drive to the village of Yatagan where we start our first Ski Tour. From the village we start our ascent, follow a river bed first and continue over small hills afterwards until we reach the Summit of Mt. Cat. From the Summit itself, when the weather is clear, we will have good views to Mount Baset and Mount Mevzi on our south and to the Artos Mountain to our west. Afterwards we ski down on the same way back to the village where our vehicle is waiting for us to drive us back to our Hotel in Van. We spend the Night in Van at the same Hotel.
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.320m (4/5 h) (depends on Road, Weather and Snow conditions)
Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 35 km (Van Hotel – Yatagan village)
ON: in Van at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Mt. Mevzi 3.280m

After having breakfast we drive to the village of Onagil where we start our Ski Tour. From the northwest we follow the ridge of Mount Mevzi until we reach the Summit. From the Summit itself we will have good views to the area and Mountains around and to the Lake Van down below. Afterwards we ski down to our vehicle and drive back to our Hotel in Van where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.180m (5/6 h) (depends on Road, Weather and Snow conditions)
Transfer time: 30/45 min; transfer distance: 45 km (Van Hotel – Onagil village)
ON: in Van at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Mt. Baset 3.650m

We leave our Hotel and drive to the village of Bagriyanik, in the south of Van. From the village we start or ascent to the Summit, one of the highest in the area around Van. From the Summit we will have spectacular views to the Mountains around and to the Lake Van in the distance. After enjoying the beautiful scenery we ski down to Bagriyanik village where our vehicle is waiting for us to drive us back to Van where we spend the Night.
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.400m (5/6 h) (depends on Road, Weather and Snow conditions)
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 55 km (Van Hotel – Bagriyanik village)
ON: in Van at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Mt. Artos 3.537m

After breakfast we drive to the town of Gevas where we will start our first Ski Tour. At an altitude of approximately 1.700/1.800m (depending on Road & snow conditions) we start our ascent, after approximately 4/5 hours we will reach the Summit of Mt. Artos, known as one of the most famous Summits in eastern Anatolia. The Summit rewards us with beautiful views to the Lake Van down below and the Anatolian Highlands around. After enjoying this beautiful scenery we ski down on the same way back to our vehicle. In Gevas town and next to Lake Van we will have a break and taste a cup of traditional Turkish Tea, known as Cay. In the late afternoon we drive back to Van where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Ascent/descent: approximately 1.737m (4/5 h) (depends on Road, Weather and Snow conditions)
Transfer time: 30/45 min; transfer distance: 45 km (Van – Gevas/Mt. Artos starting point)
ON: in Van at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Van; rest day & sightseeing Akdamar Island & church - Adilcevaz

Today we drive to Adilcevaz, at the skirts of Mt. Suphan; on the way we take time to visit Akdamar Island & church; we drive to Gevas town and take a Ferryboat to visit Akdamar Island, a small island in Lake Van which is home to a 10th Century Armenian Church, known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross and were the seat of an Armenian Catholics from 1116 to 1895. The unique importance of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross comes from the extensive array of bas-relief carving of mostly biblical scenes that adorn its external walls. We spend the next two Nights in Adilcevaz at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 3 h; transfer distance: 220 km (Van – Adilcevaz via Akdamar Island)
Ferryboat transfer: 20/25 min. to Akdamar Island / one way
ON: in Adilcevaz at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Mt. Suphan 4.058m

After breakfast we drive to the starting point of our today’s Ski Tour, which will take approximately 30min. (depending on Road conditions). With the first sunbeams we follow a riverbed which takes us up to an altitude of approximately 3.050m. After passing some small Rocks we continue our climbing and reach the Summit of the Mt. Suphan Dagi. The Sunrise and the panoramic view over the Van Lake reward us for our efforts. After having Picnic next to the Summit we ski down to our vehicle on the same way. Afterwards we drive back to our Hotel in Adilcevaz.
Ascent/descent: approximately between 1.900/2.100m (6/7 h) (depends on Road, Weather and Snow conditions)
Transfer time: approximately 30/45 min.; (Adilcevaz Hotel – starting Point / depends on Road Conditions)
ON: in Adilcevaz at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 9 : Adilcevaz to Van; rest day

After breakfast we leave Adilcevaz and drive back to Van where the afternoon is at leisure to explore the city centre on your own way. We spend the Night in Van at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 3 h; transfer distance: 180 km (Adilcevaz – Van)
ON: in Van at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 10 : Van – Home

Transfer to Van airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 15 min.; Transfer distance: 10 km (Hotel – Van airport)
Meals: B / – / –

ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Price Includes
–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary
      Days 1 & 2: One (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Istanbul Ataturk Int. airport/Hotel in Sultanahmet
      Transfers in Istanbul valid for Istanbul Ataturk Int. airport only/Extra transfer cost will be charged for each transfer
      Day 10: One (one way) departure transfer from/to Hotel in in Van/Van airport
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader/Mountain Guide (Logistic Guide only / no specialist of Ski)
–    Hotel accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
      Bed & Breakfast (BB) and Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    9 x Breakfast, 8 x Lunch (Lunch Packages & Restaurants where available), 8 x Dinner

 

Price Excludes
–    Professional Ski Guide
–    All International and Domestic Flights
–    Travel insurance
–    Extra Transports and transfers other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water, Tea & Coffee
–    Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of personal expenses
–    All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
–    Day 7: Ferryboat from Gevas to Akdamar Island & church
–    All kind of optional activities
–    Extra Nights
–    Single supplements
–    Single Tents
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips